Wildsam Brooklyn Field Guide


Brooklyn begins with proximity. It wrestles with what James Agee called the “mad magnetic energy” that burns non-stop across the East River. For the no-name actor and the playground baller, for the Italian restaurateur and the Haitian cab driver, for them and thousands of others, Brooklyn is the proving ground, the most fertile soil for American narratives – a stranger in a strange land, the underdog, the self-made. It’s seventy-one square miles seeded with hustle and grit and leaps of faith.

Table of Contents:

  • Essentials

    Hotels picks, annual calendar, city stats and more

  • Bests

    A curated list of corner cafes, cocktail bars, butcher shops, comedy shows, quiet walks and more

  • Almanac

    Timelines, how-to’s, articles, telegrams, journal entries and other historical hearsay

  • Maps

    Hand-illustrated maps of iconic restaurants, hip hop, kid’s play, the art scene, urban escapes and literary life

  • Interviews

    Conversations about running a bar, becoming a movie star, making violins and more

  • Essays

    Stories about a neighborhood book shop, Green-Wood Cemetery, the 1971 race riots and debutante dresses


writer: Emma Straub
coach: Kenny Pretlow
actress: Rosie Perez
violin maker:Sam Zygmuntowicz
writer: Edwidge Danticat
fashion designer: Reuben Rueul
writer and editor: Hannah Tinti
comedian : Jo Firestone
politician : Marty Markowitz
photographer : Brandon Stanton
editor: Kerry Diamond
writer: Marie-Helene Bertino
editor : Brooke Porter Katz
Illustrations: Lauren Tamaki

Type: Books

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